Head coach Norm Chow said quarterback Cayman Shutter will receive a “significant suspension” for his recent arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.
Chow said he and Shutter had a brief telephone conversation yesterday, and they are scheduled to meet today. Specifics of the suspension will be announced at a news conference tomorrow. There is a possibility the suspension could extend well beyond spring training, which resumes with a practice tomorrow afternoon and continues through April 27. The Warriors were on hiatus last week because of UH’s spring break. Chow was in China for a family trip, and returned this past Saturday. The Warriors do not practice today.
Chow said Shutter served as a host during the recruiting period and was instrumental in helping the Warriors sign several prospects. Shutter was a leader during the offseason conditioning program. But Chow said he takes “serious” the DUI arrest and it “is something I do not condone.”
Shutter was arrested at 3:30 a.m. this past Thursday. He was released an hour later after posting a $500 bail, according to the police log.
David Graves remains as the No. 1 quarterback. Ikaika Woolsey, who joined the Warriors as a grayshirt in January, is expected to ascend to No. 2.
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The situation: With two weeks remaining in the regular season — two road matches against UC Santa Barbara and a bye the following weekend — the Warriors already are eliminated from MPSF tournament consideration.
What went wrong: Injuries and inconsistency proved to be the Warriors’ biggest aches in this season of growing pains. Setter Nejc Zemljak and outside hitter Joshua Walker completed their eligibility after the 2011 season, and opposite Jonas Umlauft opted not to return for his junior year. Further, middle blocker Shane Welch missed the first half of the season with a knee injury, and has been unavailable recently because knee inflammation. Ankle injuries marred opposite Johann Timmer’s freshman season. In 2011, the Warriors’ inconsistent passing resulted in fewer rallies. This year, the Warriors created rallies but did not always finish them.
What’s going right: Maulia LaBarre’s first collegiate serve did not reach the net. The next year, he was in the playing rotation and, a year after that, he was one of the MPSF’s best middle blockers, as well as an effective server. LaBarre, a full-time police officer and volunteer UH coach, is an example of how volleyball is about repetition, and repetition leads to improvement. The Warriors took some hits with a young team, but should benefit from the game experience. Outside hitter J.P. Marks had a solid freshman season. Middle blocker Nick West was an offensive threat in his first UH season after transferring from UC Irvine. Timmer was the star of fall training before suffering the ankle injury. He’ll be a factor next year. Brook Sedore, Scott Hartley, Stanley Hinkle and Taylor Averill will be counted on next year. The most intriguing is opposite Harrison Carroll, a crafty attacker. At 6-1, he is probably the shortest starter at a key blocking position. But his offense, particularly out of the back row, is too good to be ignored.
X factor: Men’s volleyball teams are limited to the equivalent of 4.5 scholarships. Unlike some other sports, if a volleyball team loses a significant amount scholarship players (Zemljak, Umlauft, Walker) at once, it tries to re-invest over multiple recruiting classes to avoid a cycle of major rebuilding every four years.
The future: The MPSF will have a different look next year. Cal Baptist joins as the 13th member, meaning UH finally will have an even split of road and home MPSF matches. UCLA’s Al Scates is retiring after this season, and most volleyball people expect UC Irvine’s John Speraw to be the leading candidate as Scates’ replacement.